Followers, Rejoice! There’s a Place For You, Too. {Video} ~ Catherine Beekmans

Via Catherine Beekmanson Jul 11, 2013

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I am not a leader.

I don’t give direction. I don’t know the answer.
I am not in charge.
I won’t be your hero.

I am one in the crowd, unnoticed and indistinguishable.
I’m intelligent, alert, thoughtful and passive.
I know when to take notice and when to disregard.
But I am not a leader and I’ll wait for you to speak first.

I’m quiet and shy. I’m an introvert. I am “nice.”
I will work with you and for you. I will join the team.
Creating debate is your job, so I will aim to just get along.

I am not a leader and it’s not necessary for me to be one.
I remain on the sidelines where I am most valuable, waiting and watching.
To lead is to be ahead of the rest, giving direction and guidance.
I am the one who will be the following in the cult of brilliant ideas.

I will let the real leaders guide the world in one good direction or another.
I am not a leader, so my good ideas will be spoken in anonymous whispers.
Please, speak for me. You do it so much more eloquently than I could.

You see, the choices are still mine even when I’m not presenting the choices.
I am not a leader and I won’t be an imposter drowning in a lake of loud voices.
I am quiet and I am content.

The world needs me, too.

At a time when we are inundated with messages about being great leaders, finding a path can be especially daunting for those of us that are just not cut out for the job. Followers, rejoice! There’s a place for you too.

Bonus: Derek Sivers provides an illuminating example of why followers (especially that first one) are as important, or more important, than leaders. What is a leader without anyone to follow?


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About Catherine Beekmans

Catherine Beekmans is a shy, friendly Canadian living in a small house with her nerdy Dutch husband, two nearly-perfect children, two kitties and a goofy dog. Cat spends her free time reading, growing vegetables and cooking them, traveling, and learning life lessons courtesy of and along with her family. Cat began contributing as a typo vigilante and now eagerly serves as an apprentice editor, writer and student of the mindful life.


2 Responses to “Followers, Rejoice! There’s a Place For You, Too. {Video} ~ Catherine Beekmans”

  1. Ralph Monkman says:

    Being a leader is tough to do, but being the first follower needs pretty thick skin too. Being one of the first admitted atheists in the crowd is; I find, daunting, but eventually your own personal views are accepted even if they are not met with honest approval.

    • Catherine Beekmans Cat B says:

      Thanks for your comments and taking the time to read! You're right, the first followers can sometimes be met with as much backlash as the leader.

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